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Osmium - Portable Photography & Gaming Rig

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Date Published

Feb. 18, 2018

Date Built

Jan. 31, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.62 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

74.0° C

Description

The Vision:

In the past, I have always leaned towards full tower cases with a nice window and nice cable management to show off my finished work. However, within the last 6-8 months, I have been lurking forums such as Small Form Factor and really starting to like and appreciate SFF style builds. I knew this would be an interesting twist on the typical building that I am used to and would challenge me a little more than I previously have been. This essentially added much excitement while I made my part selection and started to plan everything out.

With the knowledge that I was going to be selling my 5820K & 980Ti build to help fund this project, I had a strict criteria this build had to meet.

  1. Portable - This build had to be portable in the sense of minimal time to pack up, all while fitting in a backpack and having the ability to be transported nearly anywhere. I did not want to risk watercoolers leaking or being troublesome while flying. I also wanted to avoid any heavy, unsupported parts that would risk damaging the motherboard during transport.
  2. Wireless - While it can't be completely wireless, I wanted as few cables as possible to assist the portability factor. I like to game using an Xbox controller, so I needed a case that wouldn't be problematic to internally place wireless receivers to prevent external dongles from having to be constantly unplugged when traveling.
  3. Workhorse - I needed my new build to have a powerful enough CPU and RAM to handle photography work, light web dev work, occasional video editing from gameplay footage, and whatever else I throw at it.
  4. Game ready - My vision was set on something that could readily handle VR if I decide to go that route as well as just all-around gaming in 3440x1440p without having to turn down all of my settings for it to keep up.

Forethought:

Now that I had my goals laid out, I started doing my homework. I spent a solid 3-4 months reading TONS of build logs from all over the web. I lurked popular forums such as SFF Network, Linus Tech Tips, and of course, PCPartPicker to get some ideas of what was out there as far as cases and what parts properly worked with those cases. I wanted to get a good grasp of everything that I would need to efficiently tackle cable management, thermal issues, PSU solutions, etc.

Once I came across the S4 Mini by Not From Concentrate, I knew that it was the case I wanted. Unfortunately, I missed the September pre-order by just a couple weeks which was a real bummer. While purely studying S4 Mini builds, I started reaching out to a couple of friends with engineering knowledge and discussed building something similar, yet different. After starting to truly understand the work involved in making a "from scratch" case, I decided I would just settle on the Logic Supply MC600 and just have a little CNC work done to add some character.

Fortunately, just before I ordered my parts, I decided to check one last time on the NFC website and see if either a new pre-order was up, or if he had a couple that buyers backed out on their orders. When I went on the website, I saw the link to SFFLab stating that pre-orders for the newest revision of the now named Skyreach4 were now open. I placed my order in early December and started ordering parts. My case didn't actually arrive until late January which gave me plenty of time to continue doing homework and learning as much as possible.


Part Selection:

Case

NOT FROM CONCENTRATE, SKYREACH 4 MINI (<5.0L)

  • I chose this case due to a number of reasons. It was roughly the same size as a gaming console, yet I could pack much more powerful parts into it. This would definitely meet the "portability" factor of my checklist. I also found the case to be aesthetically pleasing and nearly identical to what I had in mind when I started this journey.
  • I bought the carbon fiber bezel with the sky slots purely for aesthetics, and purchased the SkyBracket to use as anchor points for zip ties for cable management.
  • NFC Skyreach 4 Mini

Processor

INTEL i7-8700K, 6 CORE 3.7Ghz BASE, 4.3Ghz TURBO

  • Coming from a 5820k, I wanted something either similar or better. It made no sense to sell my setup for cheap, just to downgrade. I knew it would be a long journey to get thermals under control and after a week of tedious fine-tuning, that was proved to be true. However, going from a 3.3Ghz base, 3.6Ghz turbo chip to a 3.7Ghz base, 4.3(6c)/4.7(1c)Ghz turbo would be a welcomed upgrade in performance.
  • I knew right off the bat that I would have to de-lid the CPU in order to even begin to keep it under throttling limits. When I purchased it, I had it shipped directly from Amazon to Silicon Lottery for the de-lid.
  • I used the LP53 cooler over the Noctua L9I due to every test that I read into on forums. The test showed the LP53 having around 3-4° lower temps in the same testing scenario. This did require the use of zipties to mount the Noctua NF-A9x14 fan as the LP53 naturally uses a smaller mounting footprint.

Memory

32GB (2x 16GB) G.SKILL RIPJAWS V DDR4-3200Mhz

  • Having 32GB of ram in my previous build, I didn't want to downgrade anywhere at all if possible. Since my motherboard only has two DIMM slots, I decided to spend the money and get two 16GB sticks of memory. I had come close to using up all 32GB in the past, so I knew 16gb wouldn't cut it for my uses.

Graphics

ZOTAC GTX 1080 MINI

  • Knowing that I was upgrading from dual 27" 1080p monitors to a single 34" ultrawide 1440p monitor, I wanted a little upgrade over my previous 980Ti. I was forced to go with the mini series to fit properly in the Skyreach4 case.
  • I wanted the possibility to be able to record 1440p footage on demanding games without sacrificing max/near maxed settings in games. I knew my two options would be a 1080 or 1080Ti. Being my first small form factor build, and better yet going ultra SFF, I felt the 1080 would be a little easier to manage in regards to thermals.

Storage

SAMSUNG 960 EVO 1TB M.2 NVMe

  • The 960 Evo seemed like a good upgrade for a boot and primary application drive. This is where all my programs/applications are installed as well as my lightroom catalog, image previews, and most recent 6 months of images are saved for active editing.

CRUCIAL MX300 1.1TB M.2 SSD

  • This drive is a bit slower than the 960 evo, but also cheaper. I decided I would save a few bucks as this will only be used as a download directory for Steam games and general text/spreadsheet documents.

Electrical

G-UNIQUE ARCHDAEMON & ULTIMATE MODDED DELL 330W POWER BRICK (450W)

  • There were only a few options in regards to powering this build. Either a plug in unit with the board built on to the 24pin, or a HDPlex 400w. Knowing I wanted a near wireless build, I opted for the plug in unit to save space in the front panel. This space would later be used as the home for 4 of my wireless peripheral receivers. This including the receivers for my Xbox controller, Logitech G613, Logitech G603, and HyperX Cloud Flights.
  • The G-unique PSU are hand made by Gury and take roughly 20 days to ship. Since I knew I would be waiting a while for my case pre-order, I had no problems waiting.
  • G-Unique Plug-in PSU

Peripherals

PRIMARY MOUSE - LOGITECH G603 W/ LIGHTSPEED

  • This has been a great mouse thus far. Coming from a Logitech G502 Prometheus that was a year old, my click timing has actually improved. In games, I had issues when clicking fast. I would drag items instead of equipping them due to the click not returning before I moved my mouse. Issues like that are no longer a problem.

PRIMARY KEYBOARD - LOGITECH G613 MECHANICAL W/ LIGHTSPEED

  • I came from a Razer Blackwidow, and quite frankly within the first hour of using it, I realized that I liked this keyboard much better. It still has that mechanical feel, yet a lot quieter buttons that doesn't bother the wife when she is sleeping.
  • There were only a few other quality options as far as wireless and mechanical, but they were all around 20-30hour battery life. Being a setup for traveling, I opted for the G613 due to the rated 18 month battery life.

HEADSET - KINGSTON HYPERX CLOUD FLIGHT

  • There were tons of options for wireless headsets out there. With my given budget, I opted for the Cloud Flights by Kingston/HyperX due to the reviews on how comfortable the ear cups were with glasses. Coming from Razer Krakens that weren't the most comfortable with glasses, these were a huge upgrade.

EXTRA PERIPHERALS AND PARTS RELATED TO PERIPHERALS

  • I use the Logitech K830 keyboard w/ touchpad for couch/bed browsing. Really handy for playing cartoons in the bed while the kiddo is laying down getting ready for bed. It doesn't see a ton of use, but so far, no complaints.
  • I also purchased two motherboard header adapters. One 20pin to dual usb3.0 and one 10pin to dual usb2.0. These are for routing my receivers internally to leave my USB ports open in case I decide to buy a VR set up. This also prevents me from having to disconnect the longer receivers like the Xbox dongle and HyperX dongles during traveling for risk of them breaking off.

Benchmarks:

Benchmarks are all at stock clock speeds and voltage.

Max Temperatures

HWMonitor picture
Max temperatures are results of consecutively running all the following benchmarks. After I finished with those, I ran FurMark stress test for 10 minutes to warm up the GPU.
CPU - 78c
GPU - 74c
Samsung 960 Evo - 48c
Crucial MX300 - 49c
Motherboard - 32c

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - 154fps | 1409cb
CrystalDiskMark - Samsung 960 Evo
CrystalDiskMark - Crucial MX300
Fire Strike - 18,908
FurMark 1080p - 9,619
FurMark 1440p - 6,607
Geekbench CPU - 5,863 | 25,695
Geekbench GPU - 178,732
Novabench - 3,056
PCMark 10 - 6,092
Time Spy - 7,438
VRMark Orange Room - 10,967

Comments Sorted by:

Leaks_City 2 points 13 months ago

Aye mate I have been following your moves for a while now. Glad to see it come together!

Revamped submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you man, appreciate it greatly!

_Unphazed_ 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Awesome compact rig, much love

Revamped submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks for the kind words!

typherious 2 points 13 months ago

That thing is probably the most compact pc I’ve seen so far, high end, and compact. Awesome build man!

Revamped submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Appreciate it a lot!

Obelisk. 1 point 13 months ago

Amazing build and photos. Any insight on how you fit the 12 pin jack into the S4M?

Revamped submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Thank you, I kind of rushed the photos for the time being. Once it's powder coated and cables sleeved, I will take nicer photos.

As for the 12 pin. G-unique PSU comes with the 12 pin adapter plate that screws onto the stock S4M mounting spot. For fitting the connector thru, Gury sends a 12pin to double barrel connector adapter, with the internal unit having 2 barrel connectors as well. Fish the 2 barrels through from the outside to inside, secure the adapter plate, and connect up the barrel connectors. You can see the connectors in picture 8.

octa-wow 1 point 13 months ago

This is a good console... very good.

Revamped submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Haha thanks! that was the goal and I am very happy with it.

octa-wow 1 point 13 months ago

I like it a lot.

Cryptichand1 1 point 13 months ago

sweet

Revamped submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Well thanks :D

abaffledwaffle 1 point 12 months ago

grats. what power button did you go with?

Revamped submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

It's in the part selection :P But I went with the black body, blue LED switch from Josh at NFC.

abaffledwaffle 1 point 12 months ago

Nice dude did it take long to arrive?

Revamped submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I actually purchased it during the new Skyreach pre-orders along with my case. Josh held all orders during that time until the pre-orders were done so he knew how many pieces of each part to buy. So I ended up getting it like a week after I got my case.
Shipping I would assume will be much faster now that pre-orders are done and parts are shipping out as ordered (unless custom)

abaffledwaffle 1 point 12 months ago

Solid. Yeah I'm super stoked heading into this build. I am going the Hdplex 400 and dell power brick route on mine, but seeing your build process is super helpful.

Revamped submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I definitely love the final result of mine. If you have any questions feel free to ask. If you want, you can pm me on here or I have Discord as well!
Goodluck on your build and can't wait to see it! Make sure to post a PCPP log as it seems very few people do with the Skyreach.

annasoh323 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

What a monster! I especially appreciate that you took the time to give the CPU the attention it needed to perform successfully with the temp constraints. Do you have any pointers/resources that you used to help you with that tweaking process? I'll admit to being completely green when it comes to these super-small power supplies. I read through the G-Unique thread a little bit and it seems that the options can add up fast. What options did you go with to get all the power you needed? I think it's super neat but seeing that you spent close to three times as much as a more-or-less equivalent Corsair SF450... it gives me pause. In my situation, I'm a long ways off from attempting a build this compact. If anything, it'd be neat to start experimenting now for a potential part migration later on. Or, just to play around with it because it's cool.

rymrtz 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I love what NFC is doing and am really tempted to try (if available). I guess I dont undersand now the GPU sits in there.. Is it just 4 screws? - It gets me kinda nervous. I wish GPUs could address this somehow, or if there was a mount or a way to hold it up on the other side.. Maybe I'm missing something, but GPUs are getting scary big and heavy.

Revamped submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

The one screw on the outside holds it in. You have to use mini gpus so they are rather light/not an issue. I travel with my rig 1-2x a week in a backpack. Some remedies people have used though is a block of neoprene foam (from the noctua CPU cooler packaging) wedged against the gpu. Stops all movement completely but I've personally found no need.